I sure hope the title of this blog brought back some memories for you... Because I have had "Blue" by Eiffel 65 stuck in my head for DAYS since making this recipe. HAHA!
I have always loved the element of creativity that comes with adding more color to meals. Typically, when sharing a dish with a blue food in it, I would have quickly gone to blueberries (because I love them and eat them almost every single day) BUT, that's a little too obvious, right? What about something unusual... something out of the blue? Like these BLUE BLISS BALLS (I never get tired of this name).
"Energy bites" are a staple snack for me already because they are so easy to make and travel with, so I was extremely excited for another one of these recipes that involved a special pop of color - which comes from the magical supplement, Spirulina! Okay... it might not be "magic" but it is SO incredibly great for you, it's definitely close! Spirulina is a type of cyanobacteria, often referred to as microscopic blue-green algae, and it just may be one of the MOST nutrient-dense foods on the planet. It's a richer source of protein than most vegetables and is considered a "complete protein", meaning it contains all essential amino acids the body needs. It's rich in vitamins B1, B2, B3, Copper, and Iron, as well as a fair amount of magnesium, potassium, and manganese. It's also an excellent source of essential fatty acids. The main active compound in Spirulina is called Phycocyanin, which is a powerful antioxidant that gives spirulina it's blue-green color. Phycocyanin can fight free radicals, and provide substantial anti-inflammatory benefits! So definitely consider adding some blue (da ba dee da ba daa) into your diet with this super-supplement. You might try blending it into a smoothie or mixing it into a yogurt parfait, OR try these amazing Blue Bliss Balls!
You will need...
1/2 cup almond butter
1/3 cup coconut flakes (plus extra for rolling)
1/3 cup hemp hearts
1/3 cup oats
1 tsp blue spirulina
1/4 tsp cardamom
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt
Splash of non-dairy milk if needed for blending (I used oat milk)
Combine the ingredients together in a food processor and blend until the mixture becomes a thick doughy consistency, adding a splash of milk if needed. Roll the batter into bite-sized balls and place on a parchment paper-lined sheet or plate. I rolled the balls in coconut flakes before chilling, but this is optional. Place in the refrigerator for at least an hour for best result, and you can keep them stored in the fridge in an air tight container for up to a week!
These Blue Balls make a phenomenal snack to have around the time of your workout, but are a perfectly healthy option to bring with you any day! I personally appreciated the natural sweetness of this recipe (thanks to the dates) without any added sugar, and the healthy fats keep you feeling satisfied!
As always, have fun in the kitchen, and enjoy thoroughly!